Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Warns Of “Very Severe” State Budget Cuts.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 27th, 2017 at 8:05 pm

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Filed Under: Budget, Governor, Leadership, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, News, Phil Bryant, Revenue, Spending, State Bonds, State Lottery, Vicksburg

Former Legislator George Flaggs, now Mayor of Vicksburg, is warning city officials to prepare for financial setbacks related to emergency spending cuts of the state budget by Governor Phil Bryant. The Vicksburg Post reports that Flaggs discussed the potential effect of the cuts on the city with city division heads Friday, and has asked accounting […]


Senate Committee Passes Bill Giving Governor’s Office Authority Over Licensing Board Rules

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 25th, 2017 at 6:57 am

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Filed Under: Governor, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Phil Bryant

House Bill 1425 , which passed the Mississippi Senate’s Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency Committee on Friday, would require board directors to send rules to the governor. The governor would be able approve, modify or kill them.


MDOT Spending Money On Slick Video Production To Convince Voters The Dept. Needs More Money.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 24th, 2017 at 6:56 am

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Filed Under: Budget, Business, Ethics, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, MS State Government, News, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

Unfortunately for those advocating for raising the gas tax, this video raises a more basic question: “Why Does MDOT Spend Money On Promotional Material Instead Of Roads And Bridges?”


MS Power Wants Kemper Plant To Run On Lignite Coal Despite Lower Cost Of Natual Gas

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 24th, 2017 at 6:28 am

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Filed Under: East Mississippi, Mississippi, News, Public Service Commission

Despite the study, the company plans to press ahead with a proposed rate increase to cover the costs of building the plant’s two gasifiers, which convert lignite mined on site into synthesis gas to fuel the facility’s electricity-generating turbines.


MS Justice Institute Files Ethics Complaint Over Dept. of Revenue Refusal To Release Contract With Amazon

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 18th, 2017 at 6:30 am

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Filed Under: Ethics, Liberty, Mike Hurst, Mississippi, MS State Government, News, Taxes

The Mississippi Justice Institute has filed a complaint with the Mississippi Ethics Commission over the state Department of Revenue’s refusal to release a copy of an agreement with Amazon for the online retailer to collect sales tax on online purchases without a court order. MJI, the legal arm of the Mississippi Center for Public Policy, […]


Senate Passes Campaign Finance Bill

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 9th, 2017 at 7:06 pm

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Filed Under: County Government, Elections, Keith Plunkett, Law Enforcement, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Politics, Public Service, Stacey Pickering

Senators unanimously agree that there should be limits on Mississippi public officials spending campaign money on themselves. The legislature’s upper chamber passed Senate Bill 2689 Wednesday, sending it to the House for more debate. The House passed a similar bill last month, and Sen. Sally Doty, a Brookhaven Republican, says differences will likely be worked […]


House Leaders And Grassroots Conservatives Have Tug-Of-War Over Internet Tax Bill, MS GOP Remains Silent

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 7th, 2017 at 1:36 pm

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Filed Under: Banking and Finance, Budget, Business, Economic Development, Legislature, MDOT, Mississippi, Mississippi Economic Council, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State House, MS State Government, News, Politics, Republican, Revenue, Spending, Taxes, Transportation

Legislation to collect sales taxes on internet purchases cleared the Mississippi House on Monday after a tug-of-war between House Republican leadership and grassroots conservative advocacy groups. The bill claims the need for the tax increase is to fund improvements to deficient roads and bridges. However, data to support the claims of deficient conditions has been […]


Aquatic Center? The Newest Proposal To Spend Money The State Doesn’t Have For A Project Most Mississippians Will Never Use.

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 6th, 2017 at 6:06 am

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Filed Under: Banking and Finance, Budget, Cory Wilson, Economic Development, Economy, Ethics, Legislature, Madison County, Mississippi, Mississippi Municipalities, MS State Government, News, Spending, State Bonds

An 88,700-square-foot facility at an estimated cost of $33.6 million has been proposed for land to be donated by the city of Ridgeland for the Mississippi Aquatic Center. The facility would rely on corporate sponsorships — including the possibility of naming rights for big participants — and fees. It also would need a bond issue […]


Micro-Breweries Get House Approval For On-Site Sales, Senate Version Expected In Committee By Monday

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 5th, 2017 at 7:16 pm

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Filed Under: Beer, Business, Economic Development, Economy, Job Growth, Legislature, MDA, Mississippi, Mississippi State House, Mississippi State Senate, News, Taxes

Last week, the Mississippi House of Representatives passed a bill allowing in-state breweries to sell up to 576 ounces per day per customers, roughly two cases of beer. The bill also provided allows brewers to sell up to 10 percent of their annual production, or 1,500 barrels, whichever is less. Breweries also would pay a […]


Hewes Seeking Second Term As Gulfport Mayor

By MississippI PEP Staff | February 4th, 2017 at 5:55 pm

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Filed Under: Billy Hewes, Gulfport, Leadership, Legislature, Mississippi Municipalities, Mississippi PEP, Mississippi State Senate, MS State Government, News, Politics, Public Service, Republican

As mayor, Hewes has overseen a continued revitalization effort of the Gulfport downtown area and Jones Park. Adjacent to downtown and the nearby Port of Gulfport, which received nearly $600 million in federal aid following Hurricane Katrina, Jones Park is frequently the site of music festivals and events and is to become more accessible to visitors by a bridge over U.S. 90 linking the park to downtown.